Event operations manager, University of Florida Performing Arts Zakiya Smith-Dore is an event operations manager with University of Florida Performing Arts. She’s held that position since April 2017. Smith-Dore is a true-blue Florida Gator, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the SEC school. Smith-Dore started working at the Stephen O’Connell Center on campus as an undergraduate. Prior to her current role, she served as a changeover supervisor at the 10,133-seat arena for about four years. Former NBA arena manager Sporty Jeralds says she’s a “young, fast-rising star in our business.” Smith-Dore is a Certified Venues Professional and active with the International Association of Venue Managers, where she represents the state of Florida and is vice chair of the trade group’s University Venues Committee. She led research and co-authored IAVM’s pandemic recovery guide and received its 2020 Chairman’s Citation. Smith-Dore spoke with VenuesNow reporter James Zoltak about how she went from studying… Continue Reading Venue Voices: Zakiya Smith-Dore
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